Care for Dieffenbachia or Whatever it Is

vjwarner(8b)January 19, 2014


I was hoping for some information to help take care of my newly inherited dieffenbachia. At least that is how someone identified it on the Name That Plant forum. It is very spindly and droopy and I don't know why. Any ideas? Wisdom to bestow? I'd surely appreciate it!

Thx, Valentina

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love_the_yard(z9A Jax FL)

Take all of your cell phone/tablet photos in landscape mode. You will never have orientation issues.

    Bookmark   January 19, 2014 at 9:53PM
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Hey love the yard, not sure what you mean. Is it hard to view my image?

    Bookmark   January 19, 2014 at 10:45PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

I've never seen a Dief looking like this before. Those stems will never be capable of holding themselves upright (which this plant is supposed to be) so I would take cuttings of the straggly stems, and repot the root ball to give it a chance to grow some vigorous new stems. Sections of naked stem, buried (shallowly) sideways can yield plants also. I would let cuttings callous overnight before putting in soil. These are plants that appreciate low light, but it looks like this one hasn't had enough.

Your pic isn't hard to see, but is sideways.

    Bookmark   January 20, 2014 at 1:01PM
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That was my immediate response, to make cuttings of the straggly stems. I'm not sure what you mean by "sections of naked stem buried (shallowly) sideways can yield plants..."

I had some sun in Seattle today - must be Seahawks sunshine for winning the division, so I put the plant in some sun. I'm going to take your advice . I've already repotted the root ball. Fortunately the roots are healthy. It's just so droopy.

Thank you for your help and I'll let you know how it goes! Oh, and thanks for telling me that my image is sideways.


    Bookmark   January 20, 2014 at 9:04PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

The stems are so long, my comment was about how one might want to cut the tops, but have long sections of leaf-less, naked stem afterward. Those sections of stem theoretically can be propagated, though whether or not it works is always a gamble.

Good luck! You should eventually get something good-looking going out of this.

Sunshine is in short supply everywhere this winter!

    Bookmark   January 21, 2014 at 9:06AM
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love_the_yard(z9A Jax FL)

Yup, Purple replied sooner, but the image is sideways. Take cell phone and tablet images in landscape, bottom of phone to your right. :)

You got good advice on your plant. Spring weather will help tremendously. I hope it cheers up.

Carol in Jacksonville

    Bookmark   February 11, 2014 at 8:33AM
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